Tuesday, August 27, 2002

Latest Trib piece: On TheraDate on the front of today's Tempo:

Here are some comments from Dr. Berscheid that were clipped:

If the opposites myth persists, says Berscheid, it’s because people who seem to offset each other actually aren’t that different down deep. "There are exceptions to every rule, and they all stand out and become salient," Berscheid says. "Every time you see an instance of what looks to you as an odd couple, two opposites, then we fish up this idea that opposites attract, but they don't. People may look opposite on the surface, but below the surface, with attitudes, education and so on, they may be very similar."

And here's a picky point that Levenson raised--he quoted the divorce rate as 50%. Here's how I worded it, although this was trimmed as well. See if it makes sense:

Levenson says opposites actually repel, and that the national divorce rate proves it. (For every two weddings in the United States in the 1990s, there was approximately one divorce, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While this is often inaccurately calculated as a 50% divorce rate, the number of divorces is still a tiny fraction of the number of existing marriages in the country.)

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